Tips for Selling a Home

Selling a Home 
As a homeowner, you can play an important part in the timely sale of your property. When you take the following steps, you'll help me sell your home faster, at the best possible price.

  1. Make the Most of that First Impression
    A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. So does an appealing entry. A freshly painted front door maximizes appeal. If it's autumn, rake the leaves. If it's winter, shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home, the better. 
     
  2. Invest a Few Hours for Future Dividends
    Here's your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your walls or woodwork are scuffed or the paint is fading it's best to have it look fresh. If you're worried about time, hire professional cleaners or painters to get your house ready. Remember, prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look "with a little work." 
     
  3. Check Faucets and Bulbs
    Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks, and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs or loose, hanging or faulty wiring leave prospects in the dark. Don't let little problems detract from what's right with your home. 
     
  4. Don't Shut Out a Sale
    If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospect's mind. Don't try to explain away sticky situations when they can be easily resolved. A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing. 
     
  5. Think Safety
    Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low hanging overhead lights. Clearing these traps will help buyers to focus on your home rather than avoiding obstacles.
     
  6. Make Room for Space
    Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They're looking for storage space, too. Make sure your attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items. Some sellers will use temporary off-site storage. 
     
  7. Consider Your Closets
    The better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Now's the time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity. Neat and orderly closets send the right message. 
     
  8. Make Your Bathrooms Sparkle
    Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. For added appeal, display your best towels, mats, and shower curtains.
     
  9. Create Dream Bedrooms
    Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture and clutter. Colorful bedspreads and fresh curtains are a must. 
     
  10. Let the Sun Shine in!
    Freshly cleaned windows can make an enormous difference in the appeal of your home. Also, pull back your curtains and drapes and open your blinds so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is. 
     
  11. Make your whole house bright
    Turn on the appeal by turning on your lights. Lights add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome. Especially important are dark areas such as basements, attics, garages and closets that can be made to feel welcome when they are well lit. 
     
  12. Avoid Crowd Scenes
    Potential buyers often feel uncomfortable when they view a home when the seller is present. Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they're likely to hurry through or avoid rooms that are occupied. Hint: Buyers tend to spend more time in a home if they feel as though they are not intruding. 
     
  13. Watch Your Pets
    Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you're showing your home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot and can make some buyers uncomfortable. So, do everybody a favor: Take Kitty and Spot for a walk, or at least keep them out of the way. 
     
  14. Turn Down the Volume
    Rock-and-roll will never die. But it might kill a real estate transaction. When it's time to show your home make it relaxing for the buyer; turn off the TV and music. 
     
  15. Don't Turn Your Home into a Second-Hand Store
    When prospects come to view your home, don't distract them with offers to sell those furnishings you no longer need. You may lose the biggest sale of all. 
     
  16. Defer to Experience
    If the buyer or their agent want to talk price, terms, or other real estate matters, let them speak to an individual who has your best interets in mind - your Empire Realty Group agent. 
     
  17. Help Your Agent
    Your Empire Realty Group agent will have an easier time selling your home if showings are scheduled through our office. You'll appreciate the convenience. In addition if a buyer approaches you directly to see your home, for your safety and peace of mind find out how to contact them or have them call us. We'll take it from there. 
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Absolutely lovely person - listened to our concerns, reassured us and never pushed us. Always kept in contact and updated at every step. Highly recommend.  Sue & Rod
Mark Nassivera recommends Empire Realty Group: "My Wife and I worked with Bonnie Pagano and she was an absolute blessing from the time we introduced ourselves and beyond closing on our first home. With experience that clearly showed, she came equipped with excellent resources that completely satisfied us during the home buying process, from financing recommendations to lawyers and inspectors, we always felt well informed and never pressured. Starting the process seemed overwhelming, but it turned out to be enjoyable and informative because we had such professional representation that made us feel confident and secure. Thank you Empire Realty and Thank you Bonnie!" Mark & Christy
Bonnie I would like to say thanks for all you've done over the past few months. You have been professional, helpful, and made this experience the best. Thank You! John [Seller]
We picked you to list our house for two reasons: 1) for your upbeat and proactive approach, 2) your marketing plan. We are thrilled to be selling our house with you. Ange & Doug
We want to thank Bonnie Pagano, from Empire Realty Group for finding us a home. We moved to Penfield from Southern California in September. Bonnie was able to setup viewing of 10 homes , in a short time, as I only had 72 hours to work with. All of the homes were what we were looking for. She was amazing as she knew what we were looking for, with only some picks from the internet that we gave her, over the phone. Bonnie had great knowledge of the neighborhoods with all the good and bad points of the areas. Bonnie guided us through the purchase and paperwork that goes with home buying. She has been wonderful in the follow up and very helpful with questions we had. We would highly recomend Bonnie for selling or purchasing a home. Peter & Anne Shomphe
Bonnie, there is not one thing that you need to improve on. You were a fantastic realtor from beginning to end of my home purchase. Your follow through, attention and kindness were second to none. I know a lot of realtors in my family and friend circuit and I would have you as a realtor again. I mean it. Jackie
It was a pleasure working with Bonnie Pagano to sell the family home in Penfield, NY. Bonnie gave great advice on how to properly prepare the home for sale and how to get the most money out of it. She walked us through the different criteria and deadlines of the purchase offer and contract so we knew what to expect and when. She also was always available by cell, texting, or email and was immediately responsive to any questions or concerns. I could not have asked for anyone better to sell the home. Maier Family
Working with Bonnie was a pleasure. We loved getting the daily emails with new listings. We found our house the day it was listed before it showed on any of the real estate web sites that we were following. It was a blessing to have meet Bonnie at her open house. We had been looking for months on our own. After having her as our realtor we found our house in 3 weeks. She goes above and beyond for her clients to find them the house they will love. Peter & LaVonne
She went above and beyond for us! Helped us every step of the way and helped us find our dream house! Thank you Bonnie! Nick & Kayleigh
We thought you were a wonderful realtor and if we ever buy again, you will be the first one we call. You kept us well informed, offered suggestions and responded quickly to any questions we had. We loved working with you and will never forget our inspection and the dreaded pantry! If we come across a friend who is looking, you'll be the person we suggest!! Casey & Mercedez
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